2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

95Average Score
White
2015-2060
12x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 3 Marketplace
£1,088.00
6x75cl
-
3 Immediate | 36 Marketplace
£545.00
Bts
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0 Immediate | 12 Marketplace
£93.00
Bts
-
6 Immediate | 0 Marketplace
Duty Paid
£93.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
95
Drinking window
2015-2060
Critic Notes

"The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making." Tasted Jul 2015. www.vinousmedia.com Drink 2016-2046

Score: 97-/100Antonio Galloni

The 2006 brings back all the wonder of classic Comtes: the innocence of a joyful childhood, a free-as-air dash through endless blue daylight and a breathless plunge into an icy mountain rock pool. A wine of coiled energy, focus, precision and minerality that bores to the very core of the finest chalkfields of the Côte des Blancs. www.decanter.com, Drink: 2015-2036

Score: 97-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2015-2036

The 2006 vintage of Taittinger’s iconic Comtes de Champagne bottling is a beautifully refined example of the vintage, offering up a pure and vibrant bouquet of apple, pear, brioche, complex, chalky soil tones, hazelnut, a touch of orange zest, white flowers and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and supremely elegant in profile, with outstanding mid-palate intensity, utterly refined mousse, bright acids and laser-like focus on the very long, nascently complex finish. Whereas many examples from the 2006 vintage are drinking very well at age ten, it is still very early days for this outstanding Comtes de Champagne and this wine will not peak for at least another decade, though it is already very, very easy to drink! I would be inclined to let it hibernate in the cellar for at least another five years, just to allow its secondary layers of complexity to start to emerge. Nov 2016, www.viewfromthecellar.com, Drink: 2021-2060.

Score: 96-/100John Gilman, View From The CellarDrinking Window: 2021-2060

Tasted almost two years after disgorgement, the 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs shows a beautiful golden-citrus color and opens with a fascinating intense, floral, slightly reductive nose that develops enormously in the glass, offering lemon and lemon confit aromas along with flinty notes of crushed chalk and the iodine flavors of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an utterly complex and promising bouquet! The palate is terribly fresh but also rich, lush and intense, with the purity of the finest wines of the Cote de Blancs, the concentration of perfectly ripe Chardonnay and the suppleness of 2006. This has impeccable balance paired with high tension. The wine is very tight and still seems to be on its way right now. Although there is a first hint of aromatic ripeness, this should be a great Comtes de Champagne in a couple of years. The finish is tensioned, concentrated and mineral but keeps its talents in an almost bursting bubble. Disgorged September 2016; tasted May 2018 (lot L6316UM13600). Jun 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 96-/100Stephan Reinhardt

Fine and expressive with lovely citrus, pear and toast notes. Concentrated and linear with keen acidity but also lovely richness, too. Notes of spice, pear and ripe apples, but the dominant theme here is a lovely citrus core. Such finesse allied to concentration, showing nice depth of fruit. Pristine. Feb 2016, www.wineanorak.com

Score: 96-/100Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

Take Taittinger's prodigious chardonnay and add 15% pinot noir to create this masterful prestige rosé that has a mid red hue and plenty of assertive pinot red fruits on the nose. Really impressive aromas of Turkish delight, cherries, chalky minerals and pink grapefruit. The palate has a fine core with some bolder red fruit flavors and pinot noir weight. Really impressive, deep and even, with much to come if you hold for three to five years before drinking. Jul 2015, www.jamessuckling.com

Score: 95-/100James Suckling

Taittinger's prestige cuvée epitomizes the Chardonnay predilection of this producer. This now-mature bottling is elegant and very stylish. Toast and a soft texture combine with great complexity to reveal a wine that is poised and ready to drink. But with the acidity in the background, it could still age, so drink now and until 2022. Jan 2015, www.wineenthusiast.com, Drink: 2015-2022

Score: 95-/100Wine EnthusiastDrinking Window: 2015-2022

In much the same fashion as the '06 Rosé this is aromatically quite restrained with notably cool and elegant aromas that speak of citrus, floral, yeast and green apple nuances. The wonderfully refined mouth feel is enhanced by the beautifully fine effervescence that shapes the medium weight flavors that culminate in crisp, intense and gorgeously complex and persistent finish. This is not only a terrific effort but it's an amazingly good 2006 as there are no exotic hints plus it offers exceptionally good verve. While this could certainly be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for at least another 3 years and 5 will probably be the sweet spot. Oct 2015, www.burghound.com, Drink: 2018+

Score: 94-/100Allen Meadows, Burghound

A vivacious Champagne, with fine integration of the racy acidity and chalky bead, rich mineral character and creamy palate of glazed apricot, ground anise, biscuit and passion fruit flavors. Offers a firm, focused finish. Nov 2015, www.winespectator.com, Drink: 2015-2030

Score: 94-/100Wine SpectatorDrinking Window: 2015-2030

No tasting note given. May 2016, www.champagneclub.com

Score: 92-95/100Richard Juhlin
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Champagne
Sub-region
-
Colour
White
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
12.5%
Product Type
Sparkling wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2015-2060
Country
France
Region
Champagne
Sub-region
-
Colour
White
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
12.5%
Product Type
Sparkling wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2015-2060
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